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Research Converging in Favor of New Approach to U.S. Weight Problem

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 General News J E 4
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TAMPA, Fla., May 13 A complete review of trends in weightloss research suggests the value of a multi-disciplinary and collaborativeapproach to weight loss, according to Edward Zbella, M.D., Medical Director ofMedi-Weightloss Clinics(R). The use of several proven weight managementstrategies in combination with a personal, team approach appears to offer thegreatest likelihood of success.

NBC's hit show The Biggest Loser may not depict everyday life for mostpeople, but the producers were right in showing successful weight loss in anenvironment where individuals work with others to change their lifestyles onseveral fronts, among them nutrition, fitness, relationships andaccountability, according to Zbella.

"The latest research suggests we need to leave behind the idea that weightloss is about an isolated person deciding to cut calories. That won't solvethe problem. If we want to overcome the U.S. epidemic of overweight andobesity, as well as the associated health problems, we have to understandbroader concepts like wellness and accountability," said Dr. Zbella. "Mostpeople won't do this on their own. They need training and ongoing support,"he added.

Speaking about the weight loss industry, Zbella said, "Weight lossprograms should be designed by medical, nutritional, fitness and behavioralexperts. They should be implemented with adequate medical supervision andwith access to appropriate prescriptions and nutritional supplements.Healthcare providers should also be staffing and training their teams todeliver the acceptance, encouragement and support that are shown to helppatients achieve success."

In line with Dr. Zbella's comments, Medi-Weightloss Clinics(R) isenhancing its team of wellness experts on staff and increasing training of itsclinics' staff, who provide a medically supervised program under the oversightof a physician.

ABOUT MEDI-WEIGHTLOSS CLINICS: The mission of Medi-Weightloss Clinics(R)is to equip everyone to reach and maintain their personal health goals. Theycan assist in shedding unwanted pounds rapidly and permanently.Medi-Weightloss Clinics(R) has 40 locations in Alabama, Arizona, California,Delaware, Florida, Kansas, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon,Rhode Island, Tennessee and Texas. To learn more about Medi-WeightlossClinics, visit http://www.mediweightlossclinics.com . To find the nearestlocation, call 877-MED-LOSS or visit the website.

SOURCE Medi-Weightloss Clinics
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